Oklahoma football numbers to know: CB Jordan Parker, No. 1

A weak link in an up and down Oklahoma football defensive effort last season was at the cornerback spot opposite All-Big 12 First Team corner Jordan Thomas.

The Sooners tried a variety of players throughout the season a year ago, trying to find the right fit to team up with Thomas at cornerback.

The Sooners may have found their man in another Jordan, sophomore Jordan Parker

Among those who saw time at the position but proved not to be the answer defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks were looking for were senior Dakota Austin, sophomore converted wide receiver Michah Quick and Baylor transfer Parrish Cobb.

Austin’s eligibility ended. Quick suffered an injury early in the season and did not see action the remainder of the schedule. As for Cobb, he was dismissed from the team after being arrested on two separate occasions on robbery charges.

Parker saw action at cornerback in 10 games last season and started the final eight games of the season, all Oklahoma wins. It was not a coincidence that the Sooner secondary played much better late in the season, and Parker was a giant reason for it.

The Northern California native made his collegiate debut in the Red River Showdown game with Texas last season. He made four solo tackles in that game, and earned his first starting assignment the following weekend against Kansas State.

Parker, who wears the jersey No. 1 on defense, logged a career-best seven tackles in the Sooners’ epic 66-59 shootout last season at Texas Tech and recorded five tackles in OU’s conference-clinching win over Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale.

The other starting cornerback position appears to be Parker’s to lose heading into 2017. Sooner fans were introduced to the former four-star prospect over the second half of last season, but they are sure to see a lot more of him in 2017.